Best To-Go Packaging

Pineapple and Pearls Coffee Bar
715 8th St. SE, (202) 595-7375
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Without waiting months for a reservation, you can experience Pineapple and Pearls’ refinement by visiting its reasonably priced coffee shop early in the day. Each item on its small menu is designed for carry-out, but instead of being crumpled in butcher paper and shoved in a paper sack, sandwiches are delicately wrapped in wax paper then placed in a gold-flecked cardboard box lined with gold foil and sealed with gold tape. The box also includes a wet wipe to help you clean your sticky fingers and a thick paper napkin to keep your clothes and hands mess-free. When your order is ready, it’s presented from behind the counter in a black vellum bag with P&P’s minimalist logo that can easily double as a gift bag. The packaging makes it look like you just left a fancy boutique when in reality you’re carrying something much better: lunch.